MLB Top 20 Pirates Prospects

Another Pirates prospect ranking has been posted today, this one by Jonathan Mayo of He has posted his list of the top 20 prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates system, complete with scouting reports on each player. The top of the system ranks similar to almost every other list we’ve seen, although the order from third through six differ slightly. Gerrit Cole sits in the top spot, followed by Jameson Taillon. The next four in order are Alen Hanson, Gregory Polanco, Luis Heredia and Josh Bell.

While there are no surprises among the top ten, the next ten have some interesting placements, including Andy Oliver ranked 12th and Willy Garcia coming in at number 18, just ahead of both Tyler Glasnow and Dilson Herrera.

The biggest difference in placement between this list and Pirates Prospects top twenty, is the inclusion of Alex Dickerson, who comes in at 11th place, 22 spots higher than he placed in the Top 50 list in our 2013 Prospect Guide. His high ranking on is based on the fact Mayo says he has a “good understanding of the strike zone” and he predicts that Dickerson will develop enough power to stick at first base and that power will play well at PNC with the short porch in right field.


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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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  • C Shint

    Anyone notice the fielding grades for Hanson. Seems slightly above average if he can be 6’s at arm and field then I wouldn’t see why he can’t stick at SS

    • John Dreker

      I think he has the range and quickness to stick at shortstop and the arm is strong enough. His problem is more mechanics, rushing throws, mental mistakes. I think that is something that can be fixed with time and experience.
      He’s twenty years old with 142 pro games at shortstop over three seasons, he is still early in the learning stage

      • Ian Rothermund

        That’s good to hear. It’s much better than him having the correct mental approach and lacking the physical tools. It just sounds like the issue is more from a lack of experience.

  • Lee Young

    Glasnow still needs to get a 3rd pitch if he is going to stay a starter. Otherwise, we have a power reliever.



  • IC Bob

    Even if Glasnow had a 3rd pitch how would we know. In the GC league the Bucs really only stress the fastball.

  • John Dreker

    Glasnow will still be 19 years old for almost all of this upcoming season, so he has plenty of time to work on that third pitch. I wouldn’t worry about it for a couple years. Even this upcoming season, his main focus will still be the fastball command and building up his inning totals

  • NorCal Buc

    I realized NONE of our top pitching prospects have suffered arm injuries, save for Brad Lincoln. Charlie Morton had the TJ surgery, after some time in the bigs.

    This must be a conscious developmental strategy by the F/O. Therefore the adherence to a limited repetoire in the low minors, with strict limits on innings pitched.

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